Ministerial Staff


Kenny Qualls - Senior Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 108

I am a Missouri native from Springfield.  I entered into a personal relationship with Jesus as a freshman in college in 1981.  I entered full time ministry in 1990.  I had the privilege of being Co-Pastor with Dr. Gerald Davidson here at FBC Arnold from April, 2005 until June, 2006.  I became the Senior Pastor on June 4, 2006.  It is a wonderful blessing to know Jesus and to serve Him as Pastor in such a great church.  As Pastor, I have the focus of preaching, leading, shepherding and vision casting.  I am thankful for my wife Donna and our son and daughter.  The great joy of life is to know Jesus and to make Him known.  You are always welcome at FBC Arnold.

Brad East - Senior Associate Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 109

I came to know Christ as a freshman in college in 1973. I entered into fulltime Christian ministry in 1978. I have been on the FBC Arnold staff since November of '97. I have functioned in a number of ministry roles over the years and currently serve as the staff and business administrator. As senior associate pastor, I also preach in the absence of our senior pastor, Kenny Qualls and provide overall leadership for our 3500 member Sunday Morning Bible Fellowships. I count it a joy to serve Jesus through the local church and I would count it a privilege to meet you as the Lord leads.
Bob Caldwell - Pastor of Outreach
636.296.2703 Ext. 109

I became a follower of Jesus in August of 1986 at the age of 24. Shortly after, God began to make clear to me a calling to the Gospel Ministry. I had the privilege of coming to First Baptist Arnold as your Pastor of Outreach in February, 2007. I have the incredible blessing of leading in the areas of Evangelism and Missions. We pray our church can equip believers through “conference training“ and “field training”, to effectively reach people with the Greatest Story Ever Told - JESUS! My family and I thank God for allowing me to be one of your Pastors.
Chris Mason- Worship Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 128

As the Worship Pastor, my primary responsibilities include leading worship and providing overall leadership in the Worship Ministry.  Originally from Dexter, MO, I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of 8 and at 16, the Lord called me into full time ministry. I attended Southwest Baptist University where I met my wife, Janet.  The Lord has since blessed us with three amazing children – Jackson, Mabree and Davis.  Following college, I served at various churches in MO before God called me to First Baptist Arnold in November 2007. Music has always been a passion of mine and I pray that God continues to use the Worship Ministry to spread His glory around the world!
Jason Ervin - Next Generation Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 143

Growing up just down the street from our campus, I have been a member of First Baptist Church Arnold all my life. In September of 2002, I came on staff to work with our student ministry and have recently made the transition to serve as the Next Generation Pastor. The Next Gen team endeavors to advance the Gospel through a biblical strategy collaborating with parents, leaders, and students for the spiritual formation of those from birth through high school. Kelly, my wife, myself and our four children Reagan, Dakota, Cole, and Chase love being a part of the faith family here at FBCA. Please contact me if I can be of assistance in anyway.
Debbie Graham - Worship Associate
636.296.2703 Ext. 117

I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of nine and have attended here ever since.  I came on staff part-time in 1994 and am now full time as a Worship Associate.  Some of my responsibilities include overseeing our Worship Orchestra and Children’s Choir as well as serving as the Production Coordinator for our Easter and Christmas presentations. I am very blessed to work alongside wonderful people to see God’s work go forward. It is my prayer that God be glorified in everything we do and that you will want to be a part of this exciting church.
Tyler Skrobonja - Worship Associate of Creative Arts
636.296.2703 Ext. 180

I was raised in an awesome, Christ-centered family and have lived my entire life in the suburbs of St. Louis. I became a follower of Christ and was baptized at the age of 7. Since then, God has given me a passion to lead the local church in worship and am now privileged to serve as the Associate of Creative Arts. I have called First Arnold my home church for as long as I can remember and I look forward to seeing how God will use this church to change the lives of people in St. Louis and around the world. I am thankful and encouraged to be a part of such an incredible team!

Thomas Gonzales - Instrumental Worship Associate & Performing Arts Academy Director
636.296.2703 Ext. 126

“I began my relationship with Jesus as a 5-year old growing up in a small Texas town. As a high school student, I knew God called me into His ministry but did not know the form or capacity He desired for me. After nine years in the Army, I graduated from Liberty University where I received a B.S. in Worship & Biblical Studies. I’m grateful to serve this local church as your worship associate. I oversee the orchestra, arrange & transcribe music as well as serve as the Director of the Performing Arts Academy. I love to write and was fortunate to have my first book,Worship as Life published through LifeWay in 2012. I am writing subsequent Christian non-fiction titles and am eager to have them published in the future. My wife, Rachel, and I have a son, Gabriel. We will be humbled and thrilled to meet you and serve you.”
Menk Ferguson - Senior Adult Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 115

I am a Korean War veteran and a bi-vocational pastor for 43 years. In 1995, at the age of 62, I retired from the Department of Revenue and in 1998 was called to pastor senior adults at First Baptist Church Arnold. Our mission is to lead people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and to assist our Super Saints in finishing the race well.
Tom Bell - Student Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 129

I gave my life to Jesus at the age of five. After giving Him my life, I have strived to follow Him in every area of my life. I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and moved to St. Louis after completing my Bachelor's degree in student ministry and Christian education at Cedarville University. God called me to Arnold in 2007, and I have been serving as the Associate Student Minister since then. My wife, Ashley, and I were married in August of 2008. We have a heart for seeing God’s people grow closer to Him through discipleship that is lived out missionally. We are privileged to be a part of the community of believers here at First Baptist Arnold.

Ben Schisler - Associate Student and Missions Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 151

I was born and raised in Arnold and have been a member at FBCA my entire life. I became a follower of Jesus and was baptized at the age of 7. God began calling me towards ministry while I was in college and has blessed me with opportunities to serve at FBCA over the past several years. I am excited to be working in Synergy with your students as we try to point them to Jesus every week as well as working in the Missions and Evangelism area. I'm looking forward to the unique opportunity that will allow me to grow and work alongside of the next generation as we look for ways that will help equip them them to go out into their mission field.
Jeff Russom - Children's Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 116

I grew up in church, but it wasn't until I was nine or ten years old that God's Spirit convicted me of my sins and Jesus saved me. I began the wonderful and awesome journey of being the Children's Pastor at FBCA in the fall of 1994. Our First Kid's Children’s Ministry has several exciting ministries to minister to children age Kindergarten through grade 5.
For detailed information please visit the First Kids Ministry area of our webpage.
Brad Bean - Single Adults Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext. 144

I serve as minister to Single Adults ages around 30 to around 60 (but we don't stand at the door and card anyone). Come join us as we put our faith in Christ and follow the Lord Jesus with all our heart.
Brad Russell - College and Career Pastor
636.296.2703 Ext.121

I became a follower of Christ when I was six years old and answered God’s call to His ministry at the age of 16. For six and a half years, I served as Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, and School Administrator for Salem Baptist Church in Marble Hills, MO where I was licensed and ordained into God’s ministry.  I accepted God’s call to come to First Baptist Arnold in 2008 to serve as your Pastor to College & Career and Young Professionals. Please join with me in prayer as we take the Good News of Christ to reach our next generation. I am looking forward to seeing what God has waiting for us as a ministry. Exciting days are ahead as we continue to see God’s vision of using this church.
Mark Stockton - Pastor of Married Adults, Discipleship and Counseling
636-296-2703 Ext. 125

I grew up in Union, MO. At the age of 9, I entered into a personal relationship with Jesus and strive to walk with Him daily. In 2008, God called me and my family into full-time ministry. I then enrolled in Liberty University where I earned a degree in Religion and a Masters Degree in Counseling. In 2012, I began serving at First Baptist Arnold as a Bi-Vocational Pastor assisting in Pastoral Care and am now full-time as Pastor of Married Adults, Discipleship and Counseling. The desire of my heart is to be used by God to strengthen marriages, families and help those that are hurting whether it be in their personal life, marriage, family, etc. Together we will seek God's guidance to heal.
James Southwick - Pastor of Family Life Center
636.296.2703 Ext. 149

At the age of eleven years old I knelt beside my bed and asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sins. That started the defining relationship of my life and career. Now, I have the greatest job in the world, keeping a magnificent gift to our community running smoothly. The Davidson Family Life Center features a Fitness Center with no membership fee, a quaint café, a growing Sports Ministry and a banquet center. The FLC staff works to support our community and FBCA ministries to our community.

Isaiah Caldwell - Director of Sports Ministries
636.296.2703 Ext. 163

At a young age, I decided to make a life altering decision to become a follower of Jesus. This was largely as a result of a family that has had Christ at the center from day one. Through my youth we moved multiple times, but found a home here at First Baptist Arnold about 8 years ago. I owe a lot to First Baptist Arnold as this is the place where I have grown to see my love for following Jesus and my relationship with him truly become my own. This is also the place where I met my gorgeous bride, Amanda Caldwell, who I married here in August of 2015. I was brought on staff as the Director of Sports Ministries here at First Baptist Arnold in June of 2015. I am so very thrilled to see the amazing things that God will do through our intentional incorporation of the gospel into the realm of sports.
Jeremy Duren - Media Minister
636.296.2703 Ext. 122

I was raised in a great Christian home just outside Jefferson City, MO.  I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a child.  Since then I have been blessed to pursue my God given passion of supporting the worship experience and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through technical excellence.  The Lord opened a position for me here at First Baptist Arnold in early 2011 and I have been loving it ever since. 
Phil Spradley - Media Associate
636.296.2703 Ext. 142

I have been attending First Baptist Church of Arnold since my early childhood. I was fortunate to have been raised in a Godly, loving home. I joined the staff on April 10, 2006, as the Media Associate. I am primarily in charge of editing the videos that we use in our Sunday morning services as well as our Synergy Student services. I also assist Jeremy Duren in anyway that I am needed.
Shelly Straher - Administrator Early Childhood Education
636.296.2703 Ext. 118

I came to know Christ when I was 8 years old at Open Door Baptist Church in St. Louis Missouri. I have been married to my wonderful husband Dale for 26 years and we have three daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandson that we cherish.   
I came on staff here in August of 1998 as a part-time Preschool Sunday school director and have been blessed by the ministry here more than I deserve.  I currently oversee the Preschool Sunday school programming, Firm Foundations Christian Academy (k-8), Firm Foundations Learning Center (daycare and latchkey programming) along with a tremendous group of ladies. We would love to partner with you in bringing up your children to know the Lord.

Support Staff  

Kathy Lawrence - Ministry Assistant to Pastor Kenny
(636)296-7729 Ext.108

  Cindy Berryman - Ministry Assistant to Brad East, Bob Caldwell, Mark Stockton, and the Deaf Ministry
636.296.2703 Ext. 109
  Lisa Freiner - Ministry Assistant to Menk Ferguson, Brad Bean and Brad Russell
636.296.2703 Ext. 110
  Becky Armstrong- Worship Ministry Assistant
636.296.2703 Ext. 128
  Lauren Hanning - Student Ministry Assistant
636.296.2703 Ext. 169
  Cheryl Costello - Children's Ministry Assistant
636.296.2703 Ext. 124
  Jim Nicolls - Missions Coordinator
636.296.2703 Ext.109
  Greg Bryan - Associate Family Life
636.296.2703 Ext. 167

  Cindy Hunter - Food Services Coordinator
636.296.2703 Ext. 140
Chyrle Walls - Associate Firm Foundations
636.296.2703 Ext. 165